Late last night on the History Channel they showed a documentary about the history of vampire myths and legends. Most of it I already knew, but it had some interesting points. There was a segment about Elizabeth Bathory and her influence on Bram Stoker as he was writing the novel that became Dracula. No one ever suggested that Bathory was a vampire in the “undead bloodsucker” sense, but it may have been his research into her story that convinced Stoker to add insatiable bloodlust as primary motive of his vampire.
There was also a great deal of time spent on the current vampire subculture, interviewing authors who’ve written about the goth vampire clubs in New York, giving people with long dyed hair and artificial fangs in their mouth a lot of face time to explain why their “lifestyle” doesn’t make them a pretentious asshole loser. I wasn’t entirely convinced.
I developed an idea for a comic book about a vampire a few years ago, which I still think could’ve been something great. It never went anywhere because I can’t draw for shit, and the original concept – a web comic to help promote my then-roommate’s online fang-selling business – fell apart when the fang-selling business went under. I wrote a few drafts of the first issue and wrote notes for the major storylines and characters, and even went back and did a rewrite of Judeo-Christian mythology to establish Lilith as the original vampire and Noah as a vampire hunter, though I’m not sure what I would ever have done with that.
I still think it would make a good book if it had a good artist to draw it. I know I’d read a vampire comic that isn’t based in all that phony gothic Anne Rice bullshit. I’d lose the Vampire: The Masquerade crowd, but I think I could live with that.